“ECOVENTION EUROPE” by Roel Arkestijn & Sue Spaid
In the mid-1950s, there were a number of artists who recognized the importance of a good balance between plants, animals, people and their environment. These artists signal that Mother Earth’s “resources” are not inexhaustible and, through artistic, spoken and innovative projects, seek attention for ecology and sustainability.
These ecoventions (contraction of ecology and inventions) are often cross-overs between different disciplines (such as social media, community art, landscape architecture and technology). In addition, various parties are involved in the projects, such as scientists, politicians and other stakeholders.
Now, 60 years later, there is a unique exhibition of ecoventions at Museum Contemporary Art De Domijnen. The exhibition is a collaboration between the curator of De Domijnen, Roel Arkesteijn and US guest curator Sue Spaid. They show in the expo the work of more than 40 artists from 13 countries, complemented by works from the collection of De Domijnen. All artists and works are selected because they aim to expose or solve the environmental crises in Europe.
Participating artists :
431art, Lara Almarcegui, Emanuela Ascari, Brandon Ballengée, Joseph Beuys, Brett Bloom, Jackie Brookner, Federica di Carlo, Paul Chaney, Rebecca Chesney, Czekalska + Golec, Søren Dahlgaard, Agnes Denes, Georg Dietzler, Ecole Mondiale, les Fujak, Gruppo 9999, Harrison Studio, Kinga Kielczyńska, AnneMarie Maes, Cecylia Malik, Daniela di Maro, Teresa Murak, N55, Nils Norman, Ooze, Jean-François Paquay, Ugo la Pietra, Marjetica Potrĉ, Moirika Reker, Robert Smithson, Debra Solomon, George Steinmann, Vera Thaens, Touchstones, Nicolás García Uriburu, Koen Vanmechelen, Hans de Vries en Lois Weinberger.
EM is showing an overview of Artworks related to “locality grids” created in Warsaw, Brussels, Amorgos and a new work “locality grid 1.5 Sittard” (in process).
Museum De Domijnen Hedendaagse kunst
Open : tuesday – Sunday 11h – 17h
front photo : Agnes Denes, Tree Mountain – A living Time Capsule – 11 000 trees – 11 000 people – 400 years (triptych), 1992-1996, courtesy of Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, NY